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The Newborn Screen (NBS) is a test performed on the blood of newborn babies to detect congenital and metabolic disorders. It may be performed on older children.

Newborn Screen card preparation:
1. Information requested on the Newborn Screen card must be completed by the nursing unit, or the Out Patient Laboratory registrars. Refer to ACH Newborn Screen Specimen Criteria and Tracking Procedure for instructions.
2. Do not touch the area within the circles on the filter paper.

Specimen requirement:
1. Collect the specimen by capillary technique - heel for infants, finger for children.
Blood collection:

1. Chlorascrub must be dried from the heel or finger prior to puncture. Use powder-free gloves. Chlorascrub residue and powder may adversely affect the test results.
2. Obtain a large drop of blood. Touch the drop of blood directly from the heel or finger to the preprinted circle on the filter paper.

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